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Title: Decoherence and pointer states in small antiferromagnets: A benchmark test
Author(s): H. C. Donker, H. De Raedt, M. I. Katsnelson
As Contributors: Hylke Donker
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Date accepted: 2017-02-24
Date submitted: 2017-02-17
Submitted by: Donker, Hylke
Submitted to: SciPost Physics
Domain(s): Computational
Subject area: Quantum Physics


We study the decoherence process of a four spin-1/2 antiferromagnet that is coupled to an environment of spin-1/2 particles. The preferred basis of the antiferromagnet is discussed in two limiting cases and we identify two $\it{exact}$ pointer states. Decoherence near the two limits is examined whereby entropy is used to quantify the $\it{robustness}$ of states against environmental coupling. We find that close to the quantum measurement limit, the self-Hamiltonian of the system of interest can become dynamically relevant on macroscopic timescales. We illustrate this point by explicitly constructing a state that is more robust than (generic) states diagonal in the system-environment interaction Hamiltonian.

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